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Packer sorting strategies for fresh pork


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  • M. A. Boland

    (USDA National Needs Fellow in Agribusiness and a PhD student in agricultural economics at Purdue University)

  • K. A. Foster

    (Department of Agricultural Economics specializing in production economics and livestock marketing at Purdue University)

  • J. T. Akridge

    (Purdue University Center for Agricultural Business and an Associate Professor in the Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics)


Characteristics of pork packing firms pursuing a competitive strategy of product differentiation are described. Such a strategy requires a consistent, highquality raw material. Three strategies to sort pork carcasses and primal cuts in the packing plant are detailed. A multivariate simulation replicated two distributions (based upon genetics) of hogs that a focus-differentiation packer might purchase: an average industry distribution and a lean, more uniform distribution. The results indicated that the leaner distribution had more loins and hams within the packer's desired weight range which provides an economic incentive to focus-differentiation packers for procuring leaner hogs. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 11 (1995)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 423-430

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Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:11:y:1995:i:5:p:423-430

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  1. Stephen G. Sapp & C. Lynn Knipe, 1990. "Japanese consumer preferences for processed pork," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(4), pages 387-400.
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  1. Brorsen, B. Wade & Akridge, Jay T. & Boland, Michael A. & Mauney, Sean & Forrest, John C., 1998. "Performance Of Alternative Component Pricing Systems For Pork," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 30(02), December.
  2. Goldsmith, Peter D. & Salvador, Antonio & Knipe, Dar & Kendall, Elaine, 2002. "Structural Change Or Logical Incrementalism? Turbulence In The Global Meat System," 2002 Annual meeting, July 28-31, Long Beach, CA, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association) 19704, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).


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